Orland Park antiques maven opens consignment shop
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org October 16, 2012 5:26PM
Kay Shelander talks about the items in her consignment shop called Kay's Old Orland Marketplace in Orland Park, Illinois, Thursday, October 4, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: November 18, 2012 6:06AM
Kay Shelander and her husband, Peter, both shared a love for antiques.
One day he asked her “What’s my most favorite thing to do? If I could do anything in the world, what would it be?” Shelander said.
That browsing antique stores was her immediate response was no surprise, nor was the fact that Shelander was keen on his suggestion that she turn that hobby into a business venture.
“He believed people should do what they love to do (for a job) and not what they have to do,” she said of her husband, who died in 1987.
More than three decades after that conversation, Shelander is still doing what she loves do. She’s owned Beacon Hill Antique Shop, 14314 Beacon Ave., in Orland Park for 32 years, and this summer opened a consignment store, Kay’s Old Orland Marketplace Consignment Shop, next door.
“I felt there was a need for a high-end consignment shop,” Shelander said, adding that merchandise has “flooded in” since the store, 14316 Beacon Ave., opened at the end of July.
Shelander’s granddaughter, Stephanie Coleman, manages the store, and the shop returns 60 percent of an item’s sale proceed to the merchandise owner. Shelander said some consignment shops have a time limit on how long they’ll keep an item on the sales floor, but her store doesn’t.
“We know that it can take time” for some items to find the right buyer.
Still, Shelander said much of what comes through the doors goes right back out, with her rejecting things for various faults, particularly noticeable damage.
“I’m very picky,” she said.
Shelander said the shop has been well received, pointing out the red tags on merchandise that read, “Sorry, I am sold.”
“We’re not expensive,” she said. “Our prices are very, very good.”
At one point, Shelander and her husband owned a string of five buildings along Beacon Avenue in the Old Orland district, renting space to other antique dealers. Peter, a civil engineer, single-handedly maintained the properties, she said.
After her husband’s death, Shelander had to sell a couple of the buildings, but kept her shop as well as the building that houses the consignment store. Built in 1920 and bought by Shelander and her husband in 1979, it originally housed the Orland State Bank and is recognized by the village as a building of historical significance.
“This building is built like the Rock of Gibraltar,” Shelander said. “The the walls are concrete.”
It had been vacant for four years before the consignment shop opened, she said.
Along with owning the two businesses, Shelander is a certified appraiser and arranges and oversees estate sales.
Shelander said she’s looking forward to a potential new base of customers once the nearby Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park apartment complex is completed next year. The upscale housing development is located northwest of the intersection of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street, just northeast of the Old Orland antiques district, and Orland Park officials see the apartments appealing to empty nesters and well as young professionals.
“The mayor predicts that on Saturdays and Sundays, the young couples (who live in the apartments) are going to be walking around (the neighborhood) with coffee cups, and we’ll be waiting for them,” Shelander said.